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2013 Bründlmayer "Alte Reben" Grüner Veltliner Kamptal

SKU #1229449 94 points Wine Enthusiast

 Creamy, rounded freshness with an immensely savory core of sage, arugula and white pepper make for an understated but seriously delicious white. There is weight and importance here, but it is lightly worn. The spicy, almost salty flavors keep you wanting more.  (3/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Quite broad and caressing on the palate yet at the same time generously juicy with honeydew melon, tangy apple and rhubarb, this wine mingles pungent, nutmeg-tinged green herbs with savory, sweetly-smoky blond tobacco, finishing long on saliva-inducing salinity, subtly peppery bite, ore-like mineral depth, and a winsome sense of extract sweetness. Having been picked later than Bründlmayer’s Berg Vogelsang or Loiserberg Grüner Veltliner, not to mention those vineyards that informed his Erste Lage bottlings, this was quite correctly judged unlikely to benefit from any malolactic transformation. (DS)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

"Alte Reben" means "old vines"; fruit for this production comes from Brundlemayer's oldest vineyards with vines averaging 50 years old. These older vines give naturally low yeilds of intensely concentrated fruit for wines with added weight and richness. Fermented in used (2-3 years old) Austrian oak casks, followed by racking to large used barrels, the 2012 exhibits perfectly ripe white peach, lime, green apple and pear aromas and flavors, with floral, pepper, and snap pea highlights. Framed by clean, vibrant acid, the palate is creamy and round, with excellent density, minerality, and length in the finish. Willi Brundlmayer is one of Austria's most famous winemakers.


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Varietal:

Gruner Veltliner

- Grüner Veltliner is the most widely planted grape variety in Austria, making up about a third of all the vineyard land in the country, according to importer extraordinaire Terry Thiese. The varietal has definitely increased in popularity of the past few years, as sommeliers and wine directors loaded their lists with this spicy white because it pairs well with so many things. Its bouquet has been described as floral, tending to toward musky, with hints of peppery greens, lentils, citrus and red fruit with a distinctive mineral quality. In the mouth the wine can be broad or precise, but is almost always distinguished by bracing acidity and flavors that mirror the nose. A notoriously good ager, you can drink GrüVes in their youth, or let them evolve in complexity in your cellar.
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Austria

- Austria is a well-respected wine-growing region in Europe. Yet, even though they make about a third the volume of wine as Germany, not many of these fine bottles make it to the shelves of American wine merchants or restaurants. Lucky for us, their anonymity has translated into incredible value from simple, everyday whites to exquisite dessert wines. Austria shares many grape varieties with Germany—Riesling is king here, too. But the style of Austrian whites is much dryer and more potent. Grüner Veltliner is Austria's second-most-important varietal and makes whites of great versatility and pleasure.
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